Smaller than mini ITX

ECS Motherboard CES

If you thought mini ITX builds were small, wait until you see ones built around the new mini STX form factor. To give you a glimpse of where things are headed, we coaxed ECS into letting us film and post information about an announced motherboard based on the new tiny form factor, the H110SU-02.

The board is an engineering sample, which basically means it’s an early pre-release revision (in other words, some of the specs and even the layout might change between now and release). As currently constructed, it sports a pair of SO-DIMM DDR4 memory slots, two M.2 slots (one for Wi-Fi and bluetooth and one for an SSD), a SATA port, HDMI and DisplayPort output, audio combo jack, two USB 3.0 ports, and a USB 3.1 Type-C port.

In the video you can see that the H110SU-02 is noticeably smaller than a mini ITX motherboard (ECS had one on hand for comparison). If you’ve ever held an Intel NUC, it’s not much bigger than that, though more versatile in terms of being able to service and upgrade all the components.

There’s been a definite trend towards smaller size PCs. The appeal of the new mini STX form factor is the ability to build a NUC-sized system that’s more powerful, affordable, and fully upgradeable, albeit one that relies on integrated graphics (there’s not enough room for a PCI Express x16 slot).

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